Elizabeth Oldfield
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Elizabeth Oldfield is director of Theos, the religion and society think tank, which exists to promote clear thinking about the place of religion in public life. Before joining Theos, Elizabeth had worked for the BBC in both television and radio, and also for the Church and Media Network. She has an MA in Theology from King's College London.

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The Fight About Faith Schools Isn't Really About Faith School at All

(16) Comments | Posted 30 September 2013 | (00:00)

If you want to stir up a really nice, big juicy public argument you are going to need some emotive ingredients. Let's start with children. To that you could add education, and the difficulty of getting into good state schools, particularly for those who based in London. Finish with a...

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How to Really Make Multiculturalism Work

(1) Comments | Posted 19 June 2013 | (21:07)

It didn't used to be like this. 50 years ago, in most parts of the country, you not only knew your neighbours but there was a reasonable chance that they were pretty much like you. You were involved in common local activities and institutions. Religiously, you probably behaved, believed and...

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Creationism and Cervical Cancer Jabs - Let's React Proportionately

(41) Comments | Posted 24 July 2012 | (00:00)

Last week saw a wealth of stories about the supposed approval of 'creationist' free schools, alongside a claim from GP magazine that schools are opting out of cervical cancer jabs "on the grounds of religion".

Both of these stories were seized on eagerly, fitting comfortably as they do...

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Courts Confuse Our Thinking on What 'Secular' Means

(52) Comments | Posted 10 February 2012 | (13:39)

It's not been a good week for clear thinking on the role of religion in public life. In the US, where the First Amendment of the constitution demands a complete separation of church and state, a Judge has ruled that churches must stop meeting in school buildings because "a worship...

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The Coalition Keeps Talking Up the Bible - But Actions Speak Louder Than Words

(7) Comments | Posted 8 February 2012 | (23:00)

There's been a lot of talk about the importance of faith from coalition politicians recently. Where Labour famously refused to 'do God', at least in speaking about it, the prime minister has been happy to extol the virtues of the King James Bible, and Michael Gove proposing that a copy...

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